Imagine Festival

Meet the Team

Rick O'Shea
Literature Curator

Rick is an RTE Presenter and he will curate the Waterford Writers Weekend, which amalgamated with the Imagine Arts Festival in 2016. Rick has been a radio presenter with RTE since 2001 both on RTE 2FM and as a presenter of The Poetry Programme on RTE Radio 1.

Jenna Whelan
Visual Art,Education and Special Events Curator

Jenna is a visual artist and Director of GOMA Gallery of Modern Art. Living and working in Waterford she completed her MA by Research in Crawford College of Art. Following this she began working for the Cork Film Centre and the prestigious Lismore Castle Arts.

Stephen Butler
Theatre, Music and Special Events Curator

Stephen is a local business owner with a passion for all things music. Owner and operator of Labyrinth Management & Events, which is a one-stop, shop Music Company that manages artists, bookings, music videos, marketing and produces events throughout the South East

Ollie Breslin
Festival Coordinator

Ollie has worked professionally in the arts for over thirty years and works fulltime for Waterford Youth Arts. In recent years he has helped create a body of work in the area of film social documentaries.

Edel Fox
Traditional Music

Edel Fox is a concertina player from Miltown Malbay Co. Clare. In 2004, Edel was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year), Edel also has a B.A. in Irish Music and Dance as well as a M.A. in Music Therapy.

Dr. Nicholas Bankes
Chair Person

Dr. Nicholas work's as a psychologist and is an active jazz bass player

Jane Keen
Governance & Policies

Jane is a retired Probation Officer and amateur visual artist.

Natalie Fitzpatrick

Recently completed a Masters in Social Studies, works in local government and current Waterford District Commissioner for the Irish Girl Guides

Elizabeth O`Dea
Film and Finance

Elizabeth is a solicitor in Legal Aid and is also active in yoga and dance.

Patrick Phad Hennessy
Imagine Music

Patrick Phad Hennessy has been involved in the arts for many years. He is passionate about music and has been volunteering with Imagine as music booker since 2006.

Ger Kennedy
Visual Art and Social Inclusion

Ger has worked as a visual arts teacher for many years both in schools and in the community sector. She is also an artist herself and has exhibited widely. She has also helped organise arts events for many years.

Micheal Doody
Part-time Administrator

Micheal is based at the Waterford Municipal Arts Office, and is supported by Waterford Council.

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